ERIC Number: ED352217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Difference Early On: The Infant/Toddler Program in Michigan. 1990-91 Annual Report. Public Law 99-457, Part H.
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
This annual report examines the implications, for the state of Michigan, of Part H of the 1986 Amendments to the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and discusses the planning, development, and demonstration activities related to the implementation of the required components of the law. This legislation provides states with funding to develop and implement a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. The Michigan State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) coordinates the policies of state and local agencies and encourages interagency cooperation. This interagency team approach at the state and local level has: (1) reduced "red tape" in referrals for services; (2) reduced staff time necessary for service planning; (3) reduced the duplication of effort among agencies; (4) increased awareness and utilization of existing services; (5) increased efficiency in accessing available services; and (6) resulted in a foundation for a continuum of coordinated services for infants, toddlers, and children older than 3 years of age. The report provides specific examples of how Part H and the SICC have healed and empowered families, cut costs, and coordinated services. Some of the unique challenges and successes of the law in Michigan are also discussed. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education of the Handicapped Act 1986 (Part H)